I've always been a real lover of the Swiss Army Knife.  I still have one and it must be 15 years old if it's a day.  Before the worldwide security crisis that developed over the past 10 years or so, I used to bring it everywhere with me.  It never left my pocket.  Now I can't even carry it on the street, let alone on a plane.  So from that point of view, I wonder a little about the practicality of this iPhone case.  That said, I think it's genius!

taskone1We've often heard smartphones referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of the Digital Age, but this new iPhone case from Addison Shelton, a former Apple engineer, literally does just that.  It turns your iPhone into a veritable Swiss Army Knife!

Believe it or not, the case includes the following tools:

  • 2.5″ knife with 0.75″ of serrations
  • 1.8″ Sawblade
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Large flathead screwdriver
  • Medium Phillips screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • 6 metric Allen wrenches
  • Wire stripper
  • 120mm ruler (110mm on iPhone 4/4s)
  • Bottle opener
  • Kickstand

The tools are housed in an aluminium enclosure and each one is secured using a customised spring assembly. To use one the tools you just slide up, or over, its corresponding switch on the back of the case.

The designer assures us that the tools have been very well tested and are designed for real-life application, not just as a cool iPhone case.  The TaskOne Swiss Army cases will apparently begin shipping this month - it remains to be seen what kind of uptake they'll generate!